Memorial Day

Cliff Ellison

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.  It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established.  Memorial Day is not about division.  It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years.  Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day.  At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored and neglected.  Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day.  While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.  Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

Likewise many Christians have also forgotten the meaning of the church.  They elect to come only on Mother's Day, Christmas, and Easter.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  Hebrews 10:24-25

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget the lives that were sacrificed for our freedom.  And don’t forget the Life that was sacrificed for our salvation.

The Bible tells us we need to attend church and remember the living Christ, just as we remember those who have fallen in service to our country.  We can worship God with other believers and be taught His Word for our spiritual growth (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25).  Church is the place where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), “spur” on one another (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), instruct one another (Romans 15:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32).


Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on!

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
His truth is marching on!

 

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